Supreme Court asks father to produce Hadiya on November 27

Rachel Hardy
October 31, 2017

Reacting to the Supreme Court's verdict on the controversial Kerala love Jihad case, father of Hadiya said he welcomes the decision to produce his daughter before the court on November 27.

Prior to examining the larger issue, the court said: "We will have the lady before us and ask her if she has consented voluntarily" to conversion and marriage.

Meanwhile, the NIA, which had submitted detailed reports to the SC in three sealed envelopes, has said that there is a well-oiled machinery involved in radicalisation and love jihad cases in Kerala.

Four months ago, the Kerala High Court had sent Hadiya with her parents K M Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Shafin Jahan. Her father had approached the Kerala High Court, which had annulled the couple's marriage in May this year.

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Recently, while hearing a matter, the Kerala High Court observed: "All inter-religious marriages can not be termed love jihad". I will be killed anytime, tomorrow or the day after, I am sure. Who can say there is no free consent? "If we suspect any indoctrination, this court has powers to direct her detailed examination by appropriate authorities". The petition states that the girl was forcibly converted through Love Jihad and was being lured into joining the Islamic State in Afghanistan. My father is getting angry, I know. After Misra as chief justice took over, the court's position changed. "Courts can not remain silent in plural societies". She is under police vigil, the sources said. "Either her condition is weak from the harassment from her father, or they are deliberately doing this so that she would not be in a clear state of mind when she goes before the Supreme Court", Gopal said.

Leveling serious allegations against Hadiya's husband, Divan told the top court that Shafin Jahan also questioned the antecedents of Hadiya's has contacts with a person who recruits people for global terror outfit Islamic State. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for her husband Shafin Jahan, opposed the NIA's submission and that of the woman's father.

The CJI, after hearing the heated arguments, directed Hadiya's father to produce her on the next date of hearing, set for November 27.

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